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WWE Loaning Money, Ricardo Rodriguez Is El Local, WWE's Creative Mess, My Mount Rushmore

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Following up on one of your comments for clarification, does WWE loan money to workers for surgery?

Yes WWE will front money to workers for surgery, however, they expect repayment in these situations. I have heard stories of particular workers remaining under contract but unused just so WWE could garnish their downside to get their money back. Due to how delicate the matter is when it comes to pay I would rather not name names.

Can you see El Local (Ricardo Rodriguez) getting a push in either Raw or Smackdown?

From what I understand the El Local gimmick is being used on WWE's secondary programming and at live events as a character marketed towards children. I haven't heard of a push on either Raw or Smackdown but anything is possible. One thing about Ricardo Rodriguez is he can work despite being used as Alberto Del Rio's ring announcer. Even Del Rio has said Ricardo won't be with him forever so I think he still has a future in WWE when he finally breaks away on his own.

Don't you think is very predictable that CM Punk will defend his belt at Royal Rumble against The Rock? Especially because Dwayne is the reason why Punk turned heel.

The Rock is not the only reason WWE turned CM Punk heel, however, the plan is and has been to do Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble. This is one of the reasons why I have been so against programming Ryback with Punk because they have to try and keep Ryback's streak alive without Punk dropping the belt. Scenarios have been pitched over the past few months about having Punk drop the title only to regain it before Royal Rumble but that was before Ryback's mega-push was given the green light. It will be interesting to see how they book Survivor Series with Ryback needing a big win after last month's loss, Punk needing to keep the belt for a dream match against Rock and John Cena needing to remain strong after returning from injury. Back to your question, it is very predictable and it wouldn’t shock me if it changed but can you think of a better scenario?

If you could put four of greatest wrestlers on a Mount Rushmore type of tribute, which four would you put up there? Mine are Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Steve Austin and The Rock.

I have always shied away from this question because it can be widely debated, however, since WWE unveiled their Mount Rushmore I guess I'll give it a shot. The problem with WWE's Mount Rushmore is it doesn't feature The Rock. The problem that I see with yours is it doesn't feature Undertaker. How can you have a Mount Rushmore of wrestling without the most successful wrestler of all-time and the top WWE gimmick of all-time. Hulk Hogan has to be included because he took the business into two wrestling booms. Steve Austin changed the business forever so I'm scrapping Flair from yours and Cena from WWE's model. My Mount Rushmore is Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin and The Undertaker. We can argue all day long about including Flair, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Edge, Cena, Bret Hart, do I need to keep going? It's very difficult to pick four but those are my four.

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